Obituaries – August 7, 2017

Mr. Norman Wade “Lonzo” McCurry, 59, of Union Mills, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 at St. Joseph Hospital, Asheville.

He was the son of the late Miles and Mildred Gurley McCurry, and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sarah McCurry; and a brother, Ray Gurley. He was a member of Golden Valley United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Dustin McCurry and wife Rebecca, of Union Mills; his brother, James McCurry of Sunshine; 5 sisters, Barbara Gilbert and husband Robert, of Mill Spring, Martha Robinson and husband Robert of Forest City, Cindy McCurry and Betty Thrift, both of Spindale, and Donna Hensley and husband Todd, of Ellenboro; there are 2 granddaughters, Havyn and Hanna McCurry.

The Funeral will be conducted at 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Golden Valley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Linda Stack Morgan will officiate. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The Visitation will be from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm Monday at Washburn & Dorsey Funeral and Cremation Service, and at other times the family will gather at the residence of Martha Robinson, at 165 Hawk Ridge Drive, Forest City.
Memorials may be made to Golden Valley UMC, PO Box 460, Bostic, NC 28018.


Edith Hazel Sane, 95, of Mount Airy, MD., died from pneumonia on August 3, 2017 at Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, MD.

Hazel was born on February 28, 1922 in Rutherford County, N.C. to the late Albert Lloyd and Alice Houser Hensley.  She was the widow of James Marion Sane, also of Rutherford County, NC. They were married for 62 years.

She was a graduate of Rutherfordton-Spindale Central High School in 1938.  She lived in Munster, Indiana for many years and she worked in several offices in the area. She also lived in Baltimore County, Maryland; Greensboro, NC; and Mount Airy, Maryland.

She was an avid reader, and an excellent bridge player.  She loved flowers, particularly hydrangeas and daffodils, and she grew beautiful flowers wherever she lived.  She was a very loving, caring person, and she greatly valued and treasured her family and many friends.

She was preceded in death by five siblings: Robert L. Hensley, Katherine Hensley Lancaster, John Ray Hensley, Albert Lloyd (Bud) Hensley, Jr. and William (Bill) Hensley.

Survivors include her daughter, Marianne Sane Pfeiffer, and son-in-law, Warren Robert Pfeiffer of Gaithersburg, MD, and her sister, Mary Alice (Frank) Buchert of South Haven, MI.

The funeral service will be held at Crowe’s Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11am.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10:00-11:00am. The Reverend Dr. Bobby Gantt will officiate.  Interment will be at Eternal Hill Cemetery at 1565 Oakland Road in Forest City, NC.  Following interment, all family and friends are invited for lunch at the Rutherfordton Clubhouse, 241 Clubhouse Drive, Rutherfordton, NC.

Memorials may be made to hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Avenue, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.


Tim West, age 59, of Georgia Street, Spindale, NC, passed away Saturday, August 5, 2017.

Born May 22, 1958 in Rutherford County, he is the son of Glenn Edward West and Dorcas Justice West. Tim’s life passion was cars, which included being a MOPAR enthusiast. He worked as an auto detailer for many years for Spindale Classic Detailing. Tim was also an avid Denver Broncos fan and a member of Spencer Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his birth mother, Leona Rhymer West and his grandmother, Minnie West.

In addition to his parents, those left to cherish his memory include his sister, Brenda Smuda and husband, Daniel of Springfield, Massachusetts; two brothers, Dale Edward West of Spindale and Jeffery Scott West and wife, Sheila of Rutherfordton. He is also survived by two nephews, two nieces and sixteen great-nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Spencer Baptist Church with Reverend Bruce Caldwell officiating and Mrs. Brenda Smuda providing the eulogy. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time in the Family Life Center of the church. At other times they will be gathered at 258 Georgia Street, Spindale.

Memorial donations are respectfully requested to the Spencer Baptist Church Building Fund, 187, North Oak Street, Spindale, NC 28160.


Mary Steadman Mauney, died Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mary was a longtime resident of Forest City and was the wife of the late Dr. Grady Mauney.

A memorial service will be held at eleven o’clock in Friday, September 1, 2017 in the First Baptist Church of Forest City with the family receiving friends from ten until eleven o’clock prior to the service in church Fellowship Hall.